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Can Xbox Series X play 4K Blu-ray?

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Can Xbox Series X play 4K Blu-ray?

Best answer: Yes. The Xbox One X and Xbox One S both have a 4K Blu-ray drive, and the Xbox Series X will have one as well.Preorders opening soon: Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) ($500 at Microsoft)Or grab the lower-end device: Xbox Series S (opens in new tab) ($300 at Microsoft)

Can Xbox Series X play 4K Blu-ray?

Microsoft already has consoles on the market that can play 4K Blu-ray discs, the Xbox One X, and Xbox One S. The Xbox One X and Xbox One S both include Ultra HD Blu-ray players, which can read 100GB Blu-ray discs used to store 4K content. Microsoft's high-end next-generation console, the Xbox Series X, will also include a 4K Blu-ray players and will be capable of watching the same movies.

Xbox Series X 4K Blu-ray What about Xbox Series S?

Credible rumors reported by Windows Central indicated that Microsoft is also working on a lower-end next-generation console, codenamed Lockhart,which will complement the Xbox Series X, forming a dual-pronged approach of sorts. These reports were proven true with the announcement of the Xbox Series S. Xbox Series S does not have a disk drive and so it is unable to play 4K Blu-ray discs.

4K digital media is supported on the Xbox Series S though. As an all-digital next-generation gaming console, the Xbox Series S is capable of playing all digital Xbox Series X games.

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are both set to release on November 10, 2020, with preorders open on September 22. The Xbox Series X costs $499, while the Xbox Series S costs $299.

Samuel Tolbert
Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.